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Not Gaining Enough Body Weight during Pregnancy

Not Gaining Enough Body Weight during Pregnancy

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Weight gain during pregnancy is a good indicator of whether you are receiving adequate nutrition.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Reasons for Weight Gain

Weight gain up to second trimester mainly comes from an increase in your blood volume, size of uterus and breasts and fat deposition. Weight gain during last trimester reflects mainly the growth of your baby, placenta and amniotic fluid.

How Much Weight to Gain?

Gain weight healthy way by including a variety of nutrient dense foods and avoiding empty calories from junk foods.

If you were underweight before pregnancy, then it is very important that you gain the required weight during your pregnancy. An underweight woman needs to gain about 12.5–18 kg during her pregnancy. However, this might be a challenge if you entered the pregnancy being underweight. Moreover, if you suffer from early pregnancy issues such as nausea and vomiting, you may find it difficult to eat well, which can hinder weight gain.

Being Underweight during Pregnancy can Increase Your Risk of:
Preterm labour and birth
Low birth-weight babies (<2.5 kg)
Growth retardation in the unborn baby

It is best to achieve a slow and steady weight gain. A healthy balanced diet and exercise routine can help you control the weight gain.
Here are some tips that can help you gain weight in a healthy way.
Eat 5–6 small and frequent meals every day.
Stock up with healthy snack options such as nuts, raisins, dried fruits, yoghurt, cheese cubes.
Include more foods that are high in good quality fats such as avocado/butter fruit, nuts, fatty fish, olive oil.
Use dry coconut, groundnuts, eggs more often in your meals.
Add non-fat milk powder to foods such as smoothies, scrambled eggs, hot cereals, chapathi dough.
Avoid junk foods that provide empty calories and no nourishment.

While you are trying to increase your calorie intake, make sure you stay away from unhealthy trans fats by checking the food labels and by avoiding foods such as dalda, margarine.

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